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Counihan calls time on Cork tenure

Updated: Saturday, 03 Aug 2013 21:44 | Comments

Conor Counihan has left his role of Cork manager
Conor Counihan has left his role of Cork manager

Conor Counihan has resigned as manager of Cork after defeat to Dublin in the All-Ireland Football Championship quarter-final in Croke Park.

The Rebels were beaten by five points this evening and lost the Munster final to Kerry earlier earlier in the summer.

Counihan led Cork to an All-Ireland title in 2010. 

He told RTÉ Sport after the game: "I spoke to the players and I am stepping down. I have had six fantastic years, a great group of players and they owe nobody anything."

RTÉ analyst Pat Spillane said: "He was a magnificent servant as a player and a manager to Cork GAA.

"He was absolutely brilliant, brought them an All-Ireland title and loads of league titles.

"He is a very admirable and honest man. He sent out his teams to play in the right manner and is a credit to the Association.

"I don't blame him for stepping down. This is a team in transition, there is a rebuilding job necessary in Cork and a fresh face and voice and a new guy is probably for the best."

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